Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

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All right y’all, get ready for the Instant Pot hype machine! The husband got me one of these electric pressure cookers for Christmas, because he knows he can pretend it’s a gift for me, when really it’s the gift of more home-cooked meals for himself. I’m okay with it.

I was really intimidated by this thing at first. It cooks differently from anything else I’ve ever used, there are all sorts of different modes and techniques and terminology, plus there was that whole concern that it might explode.

So I spent some time actually reading the manual, researching how it works, and searching for the right recipes.

Here’s what I found: most importantly, it can’t explode! I mean, I’m sure it can explode, just like your car can explode if you wreck it badly enough (wow, that escalated quickly), but it’s got a lot of safety features built in to prevent that from happening. Primarily, you can’t open the thing until it’s depressurized enough.

Through all this research, I stumbled upon this Instant Pot Community group on Facebook, and holy cow – join this group immediately if you have an Instant Pot or are even considering one. I’ve learned so much about it, just from reading the posts that show up in my feed, and have gotten so many recipe ideas from it.

Before I dive into the recipe, I want to clear up one thing that almost turned me off of the Instant Pot altogether when I first started testing it out. It’s called an “Instant Pot” and nearly everything you read about it touts that you can cook “a whole chicken in just 20 minutes!” or “a baked potato in 10 minutes flat!” and it will “revolutionize your meals.” I was really expecting this to be a game changer for my work nights, when I get home at 6:00 and need to have dinner on the table by 6:15 – 6:30 before the baby terrorist unleashes his wrath upon me.

If this is you too, then let me save you the trouble – this machine is not that magnificent. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. My work nights are still leftovers or eat-at-grandma’s-house nights.

See, the catch is, the food might cook for 10 minutes, but it also takes the machine anywhere from 10-30 minutes to heat up to pressurize, and then a lot of the time you have to do a “natural pressure release” after it’s done cooking for 10-20 more minutes. That time adds up real fast, especially if the meal requires any chopping, mixing, or sautéing before cooking.

The benefit, though, is that you can do more right in the Instant Pot – for example, if your meal has a sauté step (like this one does), you can do it right in the pot, without dirtying another dish (+1,000 points in my book).

So, when you’re ready to dive in and try your very first Instant Pot meal, take that added time into account and plan accordingly, because I did not, and I had a hangry baby and husband to contend with. I’ll make sure to always note that timing in my own recipes here.

NOW, to the recipe!

One recurring recipe idea from the Facebook community that kept sticking out to me was something called “Crack Chicken.” I did a little searching, and found a few different recipes that I sort of hodge-podged together. With these ingredients, you really can’t go wrong.

First, turn on the Instant Pot and press the Sauté button. While it heats up, chop up the bacon, then toss it into the pot. Stir frequently until the bacon is nice and crispy.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

Scoop out the bacon onto a paper towel, and drain the grease from the pan.

Put the bacon back in the pan, along with the chicken broth, ranch seasoning, and chicken, and stir it all up.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

Place the lid on the pot and seal it, making sure the valve on top is pointed to “sealing.” Press Manual, and set the timer to 12 minutes. Since the pot has been sautéing for a bit and is already hot, it should only take 5-7 minutes to reach pressure, and then it will start counting down from 12 minutes.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

After the timer goes off, let it naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes. This basically means just leave it alone; it’ll automatically switch to “keep warm” mode, and the clock will start counting up again, to mark how long it’s been naturally releasing pressure. Once it reads at least L0:05, flip the valve to “Vent” to quick release the rest of the pressure. Be careful! I recommend using a wooden spoon to do this, so you don’t accidentally burn yourself with the steam.

When the pressure is released and the pin has dropped back down, unlock the lid and remove the chicken from the pot to shred. Pro tip: shred your chicken in a stand mixer and save yourself the agony of shredding it with two forks. Yes, it’s one more thing to clean, which I’m typically vehemently against, but in this case, it’s worth it. Just drop the whole cooked breasts into the mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, turn the mixer to low for about 30 seconds, then get on with your life. DONE AND DONE.

Turn the pot back to Sauté and add the cream cheese to the broth mixture. Stir it for a few minutes, until it melts into this creamy goodness–I used a whisk at the end to really combine it all.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

Add the shredded chicken back into the pot and stir it all up, ’til it’s all nice and evenly coated. Serve it over brown rice, or penne pasta, or probably a million more creative ways than that, and top it with shredded cheese and chopped green onions (which I forgot):

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

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Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken
This Crack Chicken is a perfect Instant Pot starter recipe!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
This Crack Chicken is a perfect Instant Pot starter recipe!
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot on to Sauté mode, and cook the chopped bacon for 5-7 minutes until crisped. Scoop out the bacon onto a paper towel, and drain the grease from the pan.
  2. Put bacon back in the pan, and add chicken broth, ranch seasoning, and chicken. Seal the Instant Pot, press Manual, and set the timer for 12 minutes. Since the pot has been sautéing for a bit and is already hot, it should only take around 5-7 minutes to reach pressure.
  3. When the timer goes off, allow 5 minutes for natural pressure release, and then turn the valve to “vent” to quick release the rest.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot, and shred using two forks or a stand mixer.
  5. Set the pot back to Sauté and add cream cheese, whisking for a few minutes until melted.
  6. Put shredded chicken back in the pot, and stir to combine.
  7. Serve over rice or pasta. Top with shredded cheese and chopped green onions.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken | One Hangry Mama

4 Comments

  1. Thanks Chrissie. Never heard of this pot. Will investigate! Give my baby cousin a hug!!!

  2. This sounds so good! I love bacon, ranch, and chicken! I don’t have a pressure cooker, but I do have a slow cooker. I wonder if there’s a variation for a crockpot!

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